Mayor Mallory strongly supports Streetcars in the State of the City

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Cincinnati Mayor MalloryFrom Mayor Mallory’s 2009 State of the City Address:

“Another crucial component of GO Cincinnati calls for the development of a Streetcar system and Streetcars will have a dramatic and lasting impact on the future of Cincinnati. It will spur economic development, creating new jobs and growing our local economy. And in its first phase, it will connect uptown and downtown, our two primary employment centers.

Now, we have done our homework and the benefits of a Streetcar system are clear. Tampa developed a Streetcar in 2002 and they have seen $450 million dollars in new development, and another $450 million dollars in development is underway. In Charlotte, developers have invested $1 billion dollars since their Streetcar system was installed. And in Seattle, $1.4 billion dollars in new real estate investment has been made along their Streetcar route.

Those results are no coincidence. When a city puts rails in the ground, economic growth follows. The exact same thing will happen right here in Cincinnati. We expect to see at least $1.4 billion dollars in economic impact in the first phase, alone. And that will give us additional resources to put to use in our neighborhoods all across the city.

The benefits of the Streetcar system are too significant to allow the naysayers to derail our efforts. The facts are clear. Streetcars must be a part of Cincinnati’s future and we will fight to make it happen.”

8 thoughts on “Mayor Mallory strongly supports Streetcars in the State of the City

    Randy Simes said:
    February 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    I’m glad the Mayor is taking a strong stand on this. He has done a lot of good over his tenure, and this could be his lasting legacy.

    Seriously? said:
    February 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    What good has the Mayor really done?

    Citykin said:
    February 26, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Mallory may be remembered as the mayor who turned this city around. Dohoney has been a great manager too. Good judgement, less bickering.

    Quimbob said:
    February 27, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I think he has done a lot of work connecting with the other leaders in the region and has done a good job of representing the city to the state and federal gummint.
    Lord knows Schmidt and Chabot haven’t.
    Some things like the kitchen cabinet looks pretty useless but it’s at least an attempt to collect info (in a feel good kinda way).

    Seriously? said:
    February 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    What did he do to turn the city around?

    “I think he has done a lot of work connecting with the other leaders in the region and has done a good job of representing the city to the state and federal gummint.”

    Can you provide me with a specific example of this? Thanks!

    Bpositive said:
    February 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I think the Mayor has had a very positive impact. I agree with Citykin. Calmer, more thoughtful government. Less nonsense. Good set-up for taking a big step or two in a new direction. Like the streetcar.

    Quimbob said:
    February 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    “Can you provide me with a specific example of this? Thanks!”
    Well, can you provide me with a specific example that he has not ?
    I expected such a moronic simplistic retort.
    A boss’ or mayor’s job is kinda nebulous, it’s frequently just to meet and discuss pertinent issues with other leader types. There’s frequently no big headline news or decisions made. Are you expecting the mayor to do kingly type stuff ?
    Sorry, it’s not his job – it ain’t gonna happen.

    David Dawson said:
    March 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I’m glad to see the mayor take a definitive stand in support of the streetcar project. I live in one of Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods (not downtown or OTR) and I see the streetcar project benefiting the entire city. Let’s build it!

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